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You should read Thomas Paine about the origins of American-style representative. One distinctive idea in Common Sense is Paine's beliefs regarding the peaceful nature of republics; his views were an early and strong conception of what scholars would come to call the democratic peace theory
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It is very gracious of you to respond Daniel.  Let me also say I applaud the work you do at the Critical Path Institute. I probably don't understand the scope and urgency of some of the problems you outlined, as well as you do,  
  Educating youth to be systems thinkers (holding a systems worldview) is good way to usher in a change from the classical view to the systems view of the world. Both views are completely rational; so it is not a fight against a rational view (whatever that view entails).
  In the meantime, educating adults in systems thinking can be a preparation for change too.     The numbers of people all seeking systemic changes will grow and reverberate through corporate boardrooms and capital cities.
  I maintain the opinion that there are no problems with government that voters cannot fix, if they should care enough to do so.
  I think Paine may regret the bloated bureaucracy we ended up with but still find the representative form of government superior to most other modern forms of government.  And I have no doubt he would find capitalism, with all its warts, to offer the best incentives for American's to achieve greatness.  

  It is not about a need to create new systems; it is a need for system thinking in order to recognize the interdependence of systems and take the system view on solving the problems.

  I think also that he would be appalled by the apathy of eligible voters, yet because he counted politicians among the worst crooks and thieves, he would probably conclude that we we didn't execute the concept very well.
  Although, things being as they are, I also think he would consul Americans to apply sufficient pressures on politicians to cause them to change outdated institutions, rather than attempt to change the form of government.
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Propaganda is often spread by the art of writing.  Does writing have a way of containing the threat to humanity as one would contain the threat of plague spreading over and throughout mankind?  I believe it does.  

In order become aware of how to contain the threat of imperialism and capitalism to humanity: we ought to increase our awareness of the organism of those attributes that will produce sufficient information both necessary and relevant to doing so.

On the invention of writing. (from Plato’s Phaedrus, on considering writing, the King responded):

If men learn this, it will implant forgetfulness in their souls. They will cease to exercise memory because they rely on that which is written, calling things to remembrance no longer from within themselves, but by means of external marks.  ...   What you have discovered is a recipe not for memory, but for reminder. And it is no true wisdom that you offer your disciples, but only the semblance of wisdom, for by telling them of many things without teaching them you will make them seem to know much while for the most part they know nothing. And as men filled not with wisdom but with the conceit of wisdom they will be a burden to their fellows.

Today, due mainly to the art of writing, there is an externalized reality firmly founded on marks-- either on paper, on film or as recorded bits of light or charge appearing in pixels on brightly lit computer screens or smart phones everywhere.  Nearly everything belongs to a sort of multimedia blitz of suggestive language implying or connotative of what you need to perform, feel healthy or remain beautiful and fit, or the world of perils one ought avoid by subscribing to a service or buying a product.  We live in a thin surface domain of connotation and rampant symbolism engineered to transfix us and keep us all operating under such consumer-oriented perception.

We get our information by well-rehearsed narrative through the media: movies, television, literature, "coherent" policy and popular news.  Almost everyone would admit that they ordinarily use language to exchange meaningful information and to influence, command or assign roles and duties to others.  A language is used not only for communicating, stimulating, persuading and control,-- it has become indispensable, if not altogether necessary, for denoting, describing and recreating ideas of (oft embellished upon) experience.  

It is a strange and external world we have created in modernity where all too few of us yet call things to remembrance from within the context of our own environment of awareness. The vast majority (in industrial societies) live purely in a domain of connotation; half-trusting what they may believe to be pleasing, distrusting all else. They treat words as labels, letting them flutter on by as butterflies or moths without sensing any organism to them or the part such words play in their own survival.  

Many people are conscious of the ecosystem; yet still feel apart from it.  One needn't wonder why this is the case when one wakens to the effects of imperialism and capitalism and little knowledge of the organism of requisite attributes to the production of information.  Consequently, many people are left bereft of wholesome discretion and each are all but impervious to (being influenced by) the attributes of their own environment of awareness and ignorant of the organism of their own intelligence.  

Because of the whim or desire to embellish experience in order to stimulate reaction or response (that is putting it as kindly as possible) the object of awareness has been lost to memory, as the King of Egypt (from the Phaedrus) predicted.  In its place stand the subjects on which to spend your time and with which you become experienced; the object of awareness being effaced and pasted over by the stimulus of instant gratification.  The object of one's own awareness is so long gone from the memory, over the decades of wear and tearing of the heart, many men and woman can no longer say what object that is.

While "experience" is normally understood as the sort of thing that comes with practice and time, experience ought to be considered to be equivalent to awareness in this context.  Each of us ought be aware of our own experience; I have no experience of which I am unawares.  If we consider our awareness to be equivalent to our experience, then we soon realize there is nothing external to awareness.  There is only our own involution in representing the environment of our awareness (depicted in the attached image). Yet it all seems so complex or complicated.  

One way in which people are continually influenced is through advertising and by the promise of reward.  This takes place in the domain of connotation where the reward itself arises from the underlying domain of denotation (e.g. denoted in currency; commendation; i.e. prescribed "coherent" value).  Coherency in the domain of denotation is often prescribed (by some external authority) in one way or another; it is not physical coherence such as in quantum mechanics.  There seems to be and often is no physical reason, no law of symmetry and no natural correspondence between the action and the reward except that enforced by some external body.

It is the same for all kinds of reward.  The only difference between the promise of religion and the promise of secular culture is that in the former you wait for your reward until after you die, while in the latter you can get your reward in the here and now.  Intelligence is often defined as being by and large driven by reward.  Competition is grounded in winning reward.  

Yet, there is another way to see or understand intelligence and a more rewarding way to use the intellect.  I suppose I am asserting that the world has structural constraints which require that emergence conserve principles. The not exactly Heaven  we live in will not be Heaven until there is some type of recognition of these principles, rather than the false one we now hold on to. See: The Ecology and Continuity of Human Awareness for more  (http://goo.gl/cl5mO).  

And let's discuss this here if you like.
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Subject to interpretation, yes, but the flexibility of interpretation can have huge impact. Perhaps we can improve on the power of our language. I'm just curious if we've struck the right balance between flexibility and a language which leaves less to the imagination, such as math. 

The world is made of language, that's magical, but then the world isn't as one say's it is, perhaps we should reduce this problem of conflict. 

"Ultimately consensus is set by societies, by millions of people. Reality is a phenomenon of many linguistically operating subsystems. Maybe if you and I were stranded on a desert island we could get a reality going, we properly could, but it would surely be shattered when somebody showed up to take us home again."

I still have much to learn on this topic, so don't take me too serious for now.
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I guess I am interested in spirituality --- though I really do not know what you mean.  

I think spirituality is enthusiasm,  When you ask: How can you live your life and still be spiritual?  I am thinking: How can I be more enthusiastic or more loyal or more encouraged by fellowship.

So what say you?
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Mrs Liu,

Im in total agreement, definitions are a tricky business, and the beginning of human communication always has to start with them.  Id like to add that I think spirituality is also tied in with imagination, because seemingly out of nothing, ideas spring forth from dreams.  Its what you see in the state of higher imagination that produces the folklore of spirit guides, angels, etc.  These things dont exist, they are figments of our imagination - slices of our psyche. And yet a great deal of the advances of our civilization come from people who see things in dreams and find it solves some equation in the real world. Hence, when we have a conundrum, we tend to "sleep on it".

This article has some dream discoveries that affected the real world...
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/magazine/8092029.stm

This book has alot more info on which people dreamed things to great effect...
http://www.amazon.com/Secret-History-Dreaming-Robert-Moss/dp/157731901X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1355344737&sr=8-1&keywords=history+of+dreaming


This is not to say compassion, love, and good manners have no place.  The virtues are things we do when we are in the conscious waking life and it should be so.  But examine your subconscious self in the dream life, at times you may find yourself doing things you would not do in the waking self, there you confront your natural self, stripped of the morality that society has dictated to you from birth, but, the version of compassion that exists in the natural self, is untainted by the vagaries of social mores.  Its the inner qualities that interest me more, as they are of a purer quality.

Again, these are all my own humble opinions of the matter.  Make of them as you will...
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Thanks for the invite. The posts in the lectures section are interesting; some I have seen before. I have a look around some of the discussions.
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I got sucked into a discussion over on Linkedin and it motivated me to write another post in order to clarify the definition of intelligence I posted recently to the systems thinkers circle.  I put the post on my blog.  If you get a chance you might take a look and leave me your comments.
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+Jera Wolfe that you so much.  There is no question that people are clever; like children are clever.  I deeply believe that people have great wit and intelligence that could serve them, They could narrow in on solutions to problems if they had a clue about how they are being affected before they start sinking in the muck..  

I am not sure people need a solid foundation in grammar or rhetoric or set theory.  Not if they want just want to learn and apply the model --it takes none of that.  It takes intuition.  

If they want to design an intelligent system with it, then they will need grammar, rhetoric, set theory and more.  To learn how to calculate or compute with it (which is reckoning) then a knowledge of algebra, geometry, and topology is necessary.  

Logical and exact thinking is required in any case.  I take exact thinking to be proceeding from intuition to axiom, to proposition, to implication.  

I have found that the applicability of this model lies in its capacity to assist an individual with the abstraction and organization of information; with focusing on axiomatic,  significant and relevant attributes (rather than trivia and minutia). It is a means to a finer and higher quality discretion which is achieved by being more in tune with the things that can and do have an affect on you.

Thanks to you too +Alister Macintyre (and everyone) for useful posts and the exquisite expose of Google etiquette and tools.  Also Alister though I am unsure how to respond to your comments, I appreciate the explosion of connotative examples which stand in very start contrast to the denotative attributes I used to demonstrate how the organism  affects people.  

I want to thank everyone for their comments and to offer my apology for any forced intrusion.  I hope +John Kellden, +David Amerland, +Snow Andrews Jera Wolfe and anyone else who has read it will consider the implications of this model and open a discussion about what is found.
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Amazing picture indeed. Watching Globe Trekkers the other night I watched a man in Bangladesh do the same, barefooted as well and only a covering on his head similarly. Beyond this great feat, it was necessary to traverse through forest land replete with tigers with a taste for human blood.
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Cat are my heart !
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